‘I am surviving on 25% of my liver’
Actor Amitabh Bachchan, who met with a deadly accident while he was shooting for his film Coolie (1983), admitted to suffering from Hepatitis B from a blood transfusion he received while in hospital. The actor says that he has been functioning on 25% of his liver ever since.
The accident left Amitabh with a ruptured spleen which caused internal bleeding. His condition was critical for a week. “Almost 60 collective bottles of blood was pumped into me during my accident in Coolie... one infusion was carrying the dreaded virus Australian antigen Hep B... it remained in my body and silently ate up my liver... took away 75% of it until during a routine examination in the mid 2000s, say around 2004 or 2005, it was discovered... I am now surviving on 25% liver,” the actor, who is the Unicef ambassador for Hepatitis B awareness programme, posted on his blog.
Bachchan added, “(I was) under constant medication and being labelled as a Chronic Cirrhosis of the Liver condition... a condition normally described for alcoholics... but as all know, I do not drink !!” However, the 73-year-old says this has not deterred his spirit. “But I live and work and play and act and conduct normal family activities... awareness and timely detection has done it for me,” he says.